January 9, 2013 Edition

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Obituaries

Leona P. Aaron Wally Bruce Cleo C. Cooper
Linda Gail Doyle Ruby Evans Esther Griffith
Marcelle McCain Dale Owens Lowell Estes Polston
Margaret Sharp Terrell Herschel Smith Wes Spikes

Obituaries

Leona P. Aaron

Leona P. Aaron, 97, of Black Rock, died Dec. 31, 2012, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Oct. 25, 1915, near Imboden, she was the daughter of Will and Dulseny Cassidy Pruitt. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Black Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland B. Aaron; a brother, Louie Pruitt; and five sisters, Ada Holder, Pasha Atwood, Pansy Marchbanks, Louise Martin and Kathleen Birmingham.

Survivors include a son, L.B. Aaron, Black Rock; and two grandchildren, Keith Aaron, Black Rock, and Joy Callahan, Portia.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Black Rock with Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Keith Aaron, Jason Aaron, Nathaniel Aaron, John Callahan, Bobby Aaron and Eddie Ray Nunnally.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.

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Wally Bruce

Clarence Wallace "Wally" Bruce, 95, of Seaside, Calif., died Dec. 31, 2012.

Born Jan. 11, 1917, on his family farm in Moorefield, Ark., Wally Bruce passed away peacefully of natural causes.

Wally worked on his family farm until he joined the U.S. Army in 1937, where his tenure led him to serve in both World War II and the Korean War. After retiring in 1960, Wally decided to settle in Seaside, having grown fond of the area after previously being stationed at nearby Fort Ord.

He met his wife, Victorine "Vicki" (Firpo), at an officers dance in San Jose and the two quickly developed a connection. A consummate gentleman, Vicki married Wally for his kind heart and gentle spirit, knowing that he would be a great father to their children, which he was.

As a young man, Wally won many medals for his marksmanship. After serving in the U.S. Army, he proudly received his AA from MPC, during that time remaining an avid swimmer and tennis player. Fond of his Arkansas roots, farming was in his blood and he took pride in his garden. Most visitors left his house with a brown bag full of fruits and vegetables.

Despite his many passions, Wally's true calling was for beekeeping. He loved taking care of his bees and was very proud of his honey. He loved educating people about his hobby and was an active participant at the Monterey County Fair and Farm Day. Later in life, his passion for cards really came to life. A respectable card player, Wally remained active in two local bridge clubs until just a few months ago. He credited his longevity to being a beekeeper and staying active. Proud of his age, Wally was just shy of his 96th birthday.

Wally is survived by his wife of nearly 69 years, with their anniversary on Jan 8. He is also survived by three daughters, Rosanne (Frank) Pettas, Monterey, Calif., Susan (Bob) Riegel, Fairfax, Va., and Carole (Gene) Wagner, Seaside; son-in-law, Joe Lee Frank III, Roundhill, Va.; grandchildren, Cherdeen, Joe, Brian, Kaylin and Rob; great-grandchildren, Nick, Shannon, Nathaniel and Dylan. He is also survived by three of his eight siblings, Alice Foley, Calvin Bruce and Harold Bruce.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Frank; and a grandson, Jeremy Pettas.

A memorial service was held Monday at 1 p.m. at Mission Memorial Park/Seaside Funeral Home, 1915 Ord Grove Ave., Seaside, Calif.

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Cleo C. Cooper

Cleo Clinton Cooper, 61, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 31, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 18, 1951, in Brinkley, he was a farmer and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mellisa Jackson; his parents, Jake and Mary Jane Bellah Cooper; a sister, Dovie Mefford; and two brothers, Johnnie and Howard Cooper.

Survivors include his wife, Laury Ellison Cooper, whom he married Aug. 11, 1990; a daughter, Renee Butts, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Lillie Mae Willfond and Catherine Booker, both of Walnut Ridge; four granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Duty Cemetery with Sister Rebecca LaPiro officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Carl Willfond, Anthony Willfond, Rick Sluder, Eddie Dunavant, Kyle McGinty and Terry McGinty.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.

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Linda Gail Doyle

Linda Gail Doyle, 72, of Marion, mother of Keri Bond of Swifton, died Jan. 5, 2013, in Memphis. Burial was Tuesday at Leachville Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Ruby Evans

Ruby Raney Evans, 90, of Lynn, died Jan. 7, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Nov. 17, 1922, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of William and Oma Doris Raney. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a homemaker and a member of the Lynn Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe "GT" Evans; two brothers, Ellis Raney and Edison Raney; and two sisters, Alice Baker and Faye Champion.

Survivors include a daughter, Rubyneal Pfitzner and husband Edward, Cave City; three sons, Larry "GT" Evans, Dennis Evans and wife Twyla and Ronnie Evans and wife Kathy, all of Smithville; a sister, Pauline Taylor, Strawberry; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the Lynn Church of Christ with Kenny Townsley officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery, near Eaton, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ed Baker, Eugene Raney, Earl Raney, L.M. Duncan, Roger Randolph and Bobby Raney.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.

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Esther Griffith

Esther Griffith, 90, of East Galesburg, Ill., died Jan. 5, 2013, at her home.

Born Aug. 1, 1922, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Lester A. and Marie Wilson Warner. A graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, her professional career included employment with Butler Manufacturing, Cottage Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. She retired from Galesburg Research Hospital in 1982 after 25 years.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, J.Q. "Jake" McCall, on May 17, 1968, whom she married July 6, 1965, and Loran E. Griffith, on July 16, 2010, whom she married Aug. 5, 1972; a daughter, Patsy Eibner; an infant son, Bobbie; four brothers, Leonard Warner, Charlie Ray Warner, John Lloyd Warner and Chester Floyd Warner; a sister, Yvonne Beller; and a grandson, Vern.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda L. James, who was also her caregiver, East Galesburg; a brother, Raymond Warner, Michigan; three grandchildren, Karen Sedgwick, Steve Eibner and Gerald James; five great-grandchildren; three stepchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Home in Galesburg with Rev. Ron Scarlett and Eleanor Landon officiating. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

An online guestbook is available at www.h-p-w.com.

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Marcelle McCain

Carlie Marcelle McCain, 86, of North Little Rock, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 5, 2013.

Born Dec. 7, 1926, in Wilmar, she was the daughter of Leroy and Mary Vesta Rhodes. She worked for Sears at McCain Mall before retiring. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church in North Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Randall McCain; a daughter, Linda McGhehey; and a granddaughter, Jessica McGhehey.

Survivors include a daughter, Pam Cate, North Little Rock; a son, Randy Eddy-McCain and spouse Gary, North Little Rock; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and an "adopted" grandson, Bobby Rankin.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Huson Funeral Home in Sherwood. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery at Warren.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 904 Autumn Rd., Ste. 500, Little Rock, AR 72211 or Open Door Community Church, 709 West Lee Avenue, Sherwood, AR 72120.

An online guestbook is available at www.husonfuneralhome.com.

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Dale Owens

Dale Owens, 77, of Oklahoma City, died Dec. 31, 2012.

Born March 25, 1935, in Swifton, he was the son of Orvin and Francis Owens. He graduated from Swifton High School in 1953 and served in the U.S. Army as a cryptographer at the Pentagon from 1957-1959.

He worked as a residential and commercial remodeling contractor for 43 years, specializing in custom work and design. His work was featured on the covers of Oklahoma Home and Lifestyle and Distributor magazines. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Bethany, Okla.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Don; and a sister, Evelyn.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Helen Fowler Owens, whom he married in 1955; a son, Roger Owens and wife Parthena, Oklahoma City; a daughter, Kelley Owens, Oklahoma City; a sister, Linda Templeton and husband Larry, Swifton; a brother, Gary Owens and wife Suzanne, Swifton; and three grandchildren, Jamie, Cameron and Kori.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Bethany. Burial was in Resurrection Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Mercer-Adams Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Bethany, 3800 N. Mueller, Bethany, OK 73008 or the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, 4050 W. Memorial Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73120.

An online guestbook is available at www.mercer-adams.com.

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Lowell Estes Polston

Lowell Estes Polston, 68, of Manila, died Jan. 6, 2013, in Manila.

Born Nov. 19, 1944, in Strawberry, he was a 1963 graduate of Manila High School and served in the U.S. Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, he opened Manila Pro Hardware, of which he was the sole proprietor for 35 years. He was a renowned duck call maker and a member of the Callmakers and Collectors Association of America. He was of the Christian faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ozzie and Nola Kirk Polston.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Mary Davidson Polston; a son, Bryan Polston, Manila; three daughters, Brooke Polston Dunigan, Pamela Doster, Paris, Tenn., and Rhonda Sims, Manila; two brothers, Charles Polston, Fontana, Calif., and Elmer Polston, Harrison; three sisters, Sylvia Pierce, Visalia, Calif., Peggy Reifsnyder, Sinking Spring, Pa., and Loretta Wilson, Osceola; and eight grandchildren, Mollie Beth Couch, Keelie Dunigan, Morgan Sims, Braden Sims, Landon Carter, Lake Carter, Livia Carter and Laina Carter.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Howard Funeral Service in Manila with Rev. Eddie Hawkins officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Shedd, Loy Jackson, Jeremy Bennett, Mike Doster, Jesse Taylor and Bill Gist.

An online guestbook is available at www.howardfuneralservice.com.

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Margaret Sharp

Margaret M. Sharp was born in Charleston Mo., on May 21, 1924, grew up in Hoxie and died Jan. 3, 2013, at Arkadelphia Baptist Hospital.

She was a homemaker and raised four rowdy kids. She loved us unconditionally, encouraging us to grow into the person he or she wanted, not the person she wanted us to be.

Before retiring, Mrs. Sharp worked for Green Thumb as an assistant to the librarian of Walnut Ridge Middle School. She was a world traveler and loved to dance.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Alice Diggs; brother Eddie Diggs (Margie of Hoxie); and one daughter, Sandra House.

She is survived by sisters, Jean Little (Elbert) of Jonesboro, and Helen Gullett of Springfield Mo.; a brother, Thoams Diggs (Bea) of St. Louis; sons, Garry Suenkel (Vickie) of Knoxville, Tenn., and Harold Suenkel Jr. (Diane) of Richmond, Texas.; a daughter, Alice Justus (Sammy) of Hot Springs Village; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 1 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Chris McIlravy officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Unit at Courtyard Gardens Health and Rehabilitation in Arkadelphia or the charity of the donor's choice.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.

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Terrell Herschel Smith

Terrell Herschel Smith, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 6, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 30, 1928, in Imboden, he was the son of Thomas Hatcher and Helen Kell Smith. He was a teacher, principal and superintendent and had been affiliated with Hoxie, Sloan-Hendrix, Piggott, Rector and Biggers-Reyno schools. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and attended the United Methodist Church and the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Sue Nunnally Smith; a sister, Eva Robert; and a brother, Gail Smith.

Survivors include a son, Terry Smith and wife Debbie, Imboden; three daughters, Sandra Ridenhower, Paragould, Helen Smith, Walnut Ridge, and Suzanne Jones and husband Chuck, Conway; two brothers, Vernan Kell Smith, Wichita, Kan., and Beryl Smith, Dekalb, Ill.; four grandchildren, Johnny Ridenhower, Carrie Bryson, April Morgan and Heather Briggs; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Wayne Herring officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

Pallbearers will be Austin Morgan, Lynn Robert, Tom Robert, Nelson Nunnally, Terry Ryan and Matthew Ryan. Honorary pallbearers will be Trent Geurin, Daniel Ryan and Johnny Ridenhower.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.

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Wes Spikes

William E. "Wes" Spikes, 76, of Shreveport, La., died recently.

Born Sept. 28, 1936, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Spikes. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in business administration and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from the Ideal Cement Company after 30 years.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Maggie Spikes Waldren and Sylvia Spikes Rainwater.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Ann Trieschmann Spikes; two daughters, Sarah Rutland, Memphis, and Sylvia Cook and husband Foster, Shreveport; and four grandchildren, Savannah Rutland, Drew Rutland, Dylan Cook and Reily Cook.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Broadmoor United Methodist Church with Rev. Conrad Edwards officiating. Aulds Funeral Home of Shreveport had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Broadmoor United Methodist Church, 3715 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105.

An online guestbook is available at www.auldsfuneral.com.

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